Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5) by Sara Donati

Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)

It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.To claim t...

Details Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)

TitleQueen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)
Release DateOct 31st, 2006
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Historical Romance, Fiction

Reviews Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)

  • Mishelle LaBrash
    Well Ms Donati, just when I had thought you had done the unforgiveable, (Referance to , and my review thereof) you go ahead in redeem yourself in a major KICK ASS way... DAMN how I love this family.... You are a talent to be reckoned with for sure, Up there among my lists of the greatests... Off to buy my copy of ~ Sad really as I am SO NOT ready to let this family go.... I really hope you are able and desirous of introducing us to another fami...
  • Melodie
    The Bonner family saga continues with the adult children take center stage. Hannah and Luke have spent a year searching for kidnapped Jennet. After the rescue they find themselves in New Orleans again searching, this time for Jennett and Luke's infant son.Intricate plot twists, a lot of history, and new characters abound.The author keeps the story line moving but the reader is easily lost if not paying attention. The War of 1812 is the crux of th...
  • Ann
    My reviews get lower as I continue with this series. While, I may enjoy the characters, I can't ignore the plot holes such as why was Jennet kidnapped by Degre? To have a new book seems to be the explanation. She wasn't held for ransom nor did he marry her. Why did he want her? so she could sit around on an island playing with her tarot cards until Luke rescued her! Then why did Honore have a fake marriage to Jennet? He could have just slept with...
  • Donna
    Even though I was sad that Nathaniel and Elizabeth weren't really in this installment of the Wilderness series, I liked the focus on Hannah, Jennet and Luke. (I can always tell when I consider the characters like they are my family because I actually refer to them by name and not as "MC" or whatever.)This has been a fun series. I love the attention to detail given to the historical back drop. This book went from New York/Canada to the south with ...
  • Lorena
    💞5 WONDERFUL STARS💞My opinion of Sara Donati and her storytelling gets higher as I continue with the series...this book was absolutely fantastic!!! I have been devouring the series and I've been unable to put any of the books down. There are some plot holes in this one, but it is so well writen and there's sooo much angst and adventure that at the end I didn't care that I did not get the "why" of some events. I'm totally in love with the ch...
  • Melissa
    It took me a long time to warm up to this book. That being said, I do think, overall, that I enjoyed it. The fifth in the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati, it was only this book that I learned the authors real name. I have to say I was quite shocked that Rosina Lippi-Green was actually Sara Donati. As a linguistics graduate I am much familiar with her work there, and it does a lot to explain why the accents and "voices" of these characte...
  • Charlynn
    It took more than a year for Luke and Hannah to find and rescue Jennet, to dispose of her abductor. After so long in captivity, the Bonner siblings had no idea in what condition they would find their wife and sister, respectively. No matter what, though, they'd be able to finally go home, to leave the sea behind, and heal together at Lake in the Clouds. Only, there's more to do than merely save Jennet and dispose of her kidnapper; unbeknownst to ...
  • Jenn
    This book was the hardest to get through in this series. This focused more on Jennet, Luke and Hannah. It was during war times and I felt it just encompassed too much of that aspect into the storyline. At times the political aspect was so drawn out that it got to be quite boring. For some reason it was hard to connect with the main characters especially Jennet and Luke. It was nice to see a bit more on Hannah and her trials and tribulations being...
  • Alexandria Brim
    In the fifth book of Donati's "Wilderness" series, it follows from the fourth book, Fire Along the Sky, though a year has passed. In that year, Luke Scott and his half-sister Hannah Bonner have traveled the Caribbean in order to rescue his fiancée, Jennet. They find her and kill her captors before escaping to Luke's mother's estate for safety. He and Jennet are married and she confesses she gave birth to Luke's son in the past year. To keep the ...
  • Katherine
    Liked this one the least in the series, didn't care for the setting or the heavy storyline of slavery and all its abhorrent evils. 3.5 stars
  • Mareli
    I felt lost for some part of the book because it involved so many people, I had trouble to identify them. Even if the story was good I feel it lacked happy parts.
  • Ronna
    Queen of Swords, the fifth book of the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati, got off to a painfully slow start for me. I read several books in between stops and starts of this book, but I was committed because I knew it would eventually be good. I wasn't disappointed once the book got going, which wasn't until about 20% of the way through, but then I could barely put it down. I still love the characters (this book primarily covers Hannah, Je...
  • Anna
    Recommended to fans of Outlander, the Wilderness series is a sweeping historical romance and multigenerational family saga that begins in 1792 and carries on for decades after. The fourth book, Queen of Swords, opens in 1814 and is centered on the rescue of one of the family’s Scottish relatives who has been kidnapped by pirates. The plot also concerns the ongoing War of 1812. I found this part fascinating, as I know so little about that partic...
  • Linda Shea
    I have been devouring the Into the Wilderness series and I've been unable to put any of the books down! This one was harder to get into than the others but once I was past the first few chapters, I loved it as much as the other books. I enjoyed all the information and details about New Orleans (it's now on my list of places to visit) although I was surprised that former slaves had slaves! Sure, there were a lot of plot holes and things I just cou...
  • Ruth
    In this series of "Into The Wilderness" this was my favorite book next to the first one in the series. The second book almost made me stop reading but I persisted. I have loved the diversity of characters and the experience of different locations in the late l700's and up to the French and Indian war that started in 1812. I like getting into a series where I can live with characters for awhile and this suited that need.If you come to the end of t...
  • Beth
    The fourth in this romantic historical fiction. Much like the Outlander series you learn to love the characters and can not wait to find out what they are up to now. Hannah, Nathaniel's daughter from his first marriage has been in and out of the last few books. Now she becomes the main character and you read hoping that she will be able to move through some horrible past memories onto something better! Loved this book!
  • Tamara
    Didn't realize it was Book 5 in a series until I was done. I'd figured out it was part of a series about halfway through when there obviously some backstory I was missing, but it still manages to stand alone. Set in 1814 New Orleans (near end of War of 1812), it's more about the characters' relationships than the war.
  • Georgia
    Donati's writing just got better and better as she continued the story of the Bonners and all their various children/relatives/friends. This book contained several gut-wrenching scenarios which are not for the faint of heart. However, I must say it was probably my favorite of the five I've read so far.
  • Karen
    Ms Donati writes a powerful and compelling novel. I love this series very much.The war of 1812 continues with the story taking the family to New Orleans.After visiting New Orleans it was much easier to visualize the surrounds described.Downloading the next volume now! Can't wait.
  • Jennifer
    This historical fiction had good, strong female characters. The plot moved along with enough surprises to keep you going and I loved the appearance of historical characters. Also, this covered the War of 1812 and New Orleans, which are time periods I don't come across in historical fiction often.
  • ~*~JenJenBoBin
    Re-Read 10/15 "5 Stars!!"Action, Adventure, Romance ... it's all packed into this series!!! I am really enjoying the Bonner family and all their travels. Sad there is only 1 more book to go *sob* :(
  • Marcy
    I loved every book in this series and was so sorry to have it come to an end....for now. I loved the changing historical focus and locales. I can't wait for the next one to be published.
  • Brittany
    Yeah, still the least favorite in the series. I love Jennet's character but this book is lacking the pizzazz of the rest of the series.
  • Shirley
    I listened to this book and for the most part...I enjoyed it but it was somewhat of a disappointment after reading the previous books in the series...it just went on forever!!
  • Rachel
    Queen of Swords doesn't take place in the state of New York, but rather continues the hunt for Jennet by Hannah and Luke as they traverse the southern states during the War of 1812. Most of the story centers around New Orleans and the culture of the area, the affects of the war and the incredible story of these amazing characters. While not necessarily centered on Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner, this book stands very well in this series and nothi...
  • Anna Katharine
    Of the five Wilderness novels I've completed so far, I enjoyed this one the most. Hannah comes into becomes her own woman, wrestling with the trauma in her past in realistic and very human ways. I was intrigued by the generous lashings of history that ran throughout, and was prompted to do quite a bit of reading about the war of 1812 and historical New Orleans, despite having no previous interest in military history. (Partly, I admit, because the...
  • Marian Stauffer
    I used to be a little embarrassed that I love these books by Sara Donati because they are classified as romance. But not anymore. After finishing this audio book (the best way to read her books), I have to admit that I absolutely love them. Hannah Bonner & her cousin Jennet are the best characters. They find themselves in New Orleans in 1814 during the war of 1812. They are stuck until the war is over even though they want to leave. Hannah & her ...
  • Debra
    I've been hot and cold on this series of books. They are long, sometimes unnecessarily so, and I've found myself checking the page count and wondering how on earth I could still only be 60% of the way through the book. Not with Queen of Swords. The plot was so much more engaging and, even though it's a similar length to the other books, I found it had a much better flow and pacing. There are small things I could pick at - the end felt a bit rushe...
  • Mookie
    It was okay, but I didn't finish it. I lost interest. I didn't care about the characters, and obviously that's a big issue. For some reason I just could not connect with Hannah. Bit of a perfect she-woman trope. I'm also not a big saga fan. That said, the writing was lush and heavy, in a good way. The descriptions transported me to pirate era New Orleans. Can you imagine what a world? Wow. The story was meh. How many babies are being kidnapped he...
  • Laurene
    "The devils we run away from are the ones that pursue us most vigorously, and will only be defeated when you turn to face them down." "Sometimes a women just has to keep moving or worry will beat her right down where she stands." "All dreams are sacred, sent for a reason -- sometimes small but always important." Hard to believe there is only one more novel in this series --- putting off reading it because I don't want to say goodbye to these char...